Keepers of Culture

  • Mural

Keepers of Culture

  • Mural

Keepers of Culture was commissioned in summer 2021 to celebrate the inaugural outing of the BUTTER art fair, presented over Labor Day Weekend by GANGGANG Culture.  It shows portraits of eight Indianapolis bearers of Black culture. The artist, Ashley Nora, states that she intended to highlight artists who were the local “stars” of today, as well as international celebrities whose origins lie in Indianapolis, all of whom are both creating Black culture and keeping it going. The mural is painted to achieve a 3D effect if you have access to 3D glasses or a smartphone app that provides the same color screening.

The figures shown in the mural (from left to right) are

Antonio Maxie Indianapolis-based hip hop artist and fashion designer
Mariah Ivey Indianapolis-based spoken word artist and creator of That Peace Open Mic
Rob Dixon   Indianapolis-based jazz saxophonist, teacher, and composer, and artistic director of Indy Jazz Fest
Mike Epps Indianapolis-born stand-up comedian and actor
Vivica A. Fox Indianapolis-raised actor, producer, and television host
Amos Brown Indianapolis-based broadcaster, journalist, and community activist
Deborah Asante Indianapolis-based storyteller, performing artist, and founder of the Asante Art Institute
Le’Deana Brown Indianapolis-based journalist and founder of Midwest Leak Magazine

Ashley Nora is a self-taught, Indianapolis-based painter and portraitist. This commission was her first public mural.